March 4, 2013 -Springfield, MA – The Springfield Election Commission has mailed the 2013 Annual City Census form to all Springfield households. Residents are urged to comply by completing the census form and returning it to the Election Commission Office.
The city is required to conduct the Annual Census under Massachusetts state law. The census provides residents with their only official proof of city residency. All residents, regardless of citizenship or voter registration status, are required to respond to the annual city census. State law dictates that voters who do not answer the Census be removed from the Active Voting List and be placed on the Inactive Voter List. Prolonged non-response to the census may result in complete removal from the Voter Registration Rolls.
The census mailing includes a census form that is printed in two languages and a dog licensing application. This year’s census form also has a section for residents to sign up and receive information on how to serve as a poll worker.
Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola is urging all residents to respond electronically, by mail or at designated drop boxes located at all city libraries and senior centers. “We request that Springfield residents respond promptly in returning the census. The information we receive is key to providing essential services and assistance to residents,” Oyola said. “It is vital that the City of Springfield’s census data is accurate during these challenging fiscal times.”
If you have any questions, you may call the Election Commission at 787-6190 during office hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You may also visit our website at www.springfieldcityhall.com/COS/ and submit an electronic version of the annual city census.
Completed census forms may be returned by mail: City of Springfield, Board of Elections, Room 8, 36 Court Street Springfield, MA 01103